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Oldest old are not just passive recipients of care

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 29 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:651
  1. Desmond O'Neill, associate professor (,
  2. Hannah McGee, professor2
  1. 1Department of Medical Gerontology, Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin 24, Republic of Ireland
  2. 2Department of Health Services Research, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2

    Although Robine et al raise serious points about future trends in ageing, dependency, and care provision in later life,1 it is also worth noting that older people are also creative in their stratagems for later life and are not just passive recipients of …

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